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29 August 2016 5:23 am
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…take it one day at a time. I don't have any words of wisdom regarding breakups but I've been thru knee surgery with a big (80 lb) 3 legged dog!

Daisy was about 8 years old when she initially tore her cruciate ligament in her right knee (she was a left front amp). The vet had me do conservative…

…for me. I simply could not afford TPLO (about $3000 where I live) and the tightrope procedure was not much cheaper.

For me the knee surgery recovery was much harder than Daisy's amp because I had to assist her in walking and pottying, etc. My vet also kept Daisy a few extra days in the hospital…

…since she was a tripawd and I think she sensed I was a little terrified. Daisy was actually able to walk right away with assistance much to my surprise but I guess that is actually normal.

Hopefully conservative management…

…will get thru it even if you don't think so now. I managed by myself with 2 dogs and 2 cats underfoot!

Best of luck,

Marla, Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

…the least invasive option, and knew that if the tightrope failed, there was always TPLO as a fall back.  Tess' worked, no infection (although long recovery period - far longer than Otis' for his amp), but she does limp from time to time if she over-does it.   Tess has a crooked front leg, too, due to…

…have a similar risk of infection, although the tightrope procedure can fail if it loosens (which can happen if the dog is too active during recovery or puts too much stress on the knee).   The TPLO is less likely to fail, since they are literally cutting out part of the bone to brace the rest of

26 August 2016 12:43 pm
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23 August 2016 3:35 am
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…sorry you are going thru this.  It is always scary to have one of their remaining legs injured since they no longer have their spare!  My Daisy also tore her acl on her right rear knee and it fully ruptured about 6 months later.

She was a front amp and ALWAYS used that back leg to get up…

…surgery.  The cost of the TPLO surgery was out of reach for me even though that would have been the best option for her size.

I will tell you the recovery from Daisy's knee was much rougher than her amputation recovery.  It was pretty much crate rest except for going outside to potty and range of…

…it was painful.  She already had enough of a struggle with her arthritic hips being so bad and only 3 legs!

Good luck

Marla, Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

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5 August 2016 1:04 pm
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8 June 2016 9:35 am
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… and is letting us know that. I know this leg is really bothering her and I can't wait to get this over with. I've got some yoga mats and have her recovery area figured out, and am actually glad to know to expect ups and downs.  Luckily, we're both retired, so we'll have the time to tend to her 24/7.

7 June 2016 10:41 am
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29 May 2016 8:40 am
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…life the best as he can each moment of the day?  Did the Vet say he was not a candidate for surgery or was he just trying to prepare you for a long recovery?  I do not have any experience with braces, but Bandit tore both ACL's and had TPLO's within less than a year.  One surgery he bounced back very

24 May 2016 1:14 pm
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11 May 2016 7:15 am
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…can only add that we were also advised that recovery from amputation would be easier than from a TPLO. The roughest part of our amputation recovery was Ellie's nausea. But physically (getting up and about) she was motoring on her own w/in a few days, even up and down the 6 steps to the

10 May 2016 9:31 am
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…experience with MRSA
but my Bentley had TPLO surgery a year ago and just had the same leg removed a few weeks ago. Going through another surgery recovery I don't remember the TPLO recovery as much but amputation wasn't bad like I thought it would be. He was limping for over a year and now no more limp

9 May 2016 9:55 pm
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…infection has to be controlled before another surgery-

As far as recovering from surgery, if your girl is a good candidate for amputation then the recovery period is shorter than for a TPLO or other knee surgery.  My quad-pug Obie has had both knees surgically repaired for luxating patellas and his recovery in both cases was way longer than when Maggie lost her back leg to cancer.

She has been through a lot but if you think she still has some living

9 May 2016 10:48 am
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…recover after surgery.  What does your vet think about her as candidacy as a Tripawd? She's still very young.

The good thing about amputation recovery is that it is MUCH easier than TPLO recovery. What would most concern me is her susceptibility to MRSA
infection again. I would definitely want an

9 May 2016 5:11 am
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…to vet hospital twice and are now told best option is to as amputate. Having a really hard time thinking of putting her through another surgery and recovery and wondering if we should just put our girl down. This is the hardest decision ever and we wish we'd never done the surgery!

8 May 2016 9:51 pm
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…but I'm not sure it is the best option for her.  Not sure I want to put her through the surgery since Im concerned about her quality of life during recovery from the amputation but I don't want the cancer to spread and cause her extreme pain.   I want to do what's best, but don't know what to do.  

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